Taeler Hendrix Says Jay Lethal Sabotaged Her ROH Career For Not Sleeping With Him - PWPIX.net

Taeler Hendrix Responds To Jay Lethal’s Denial Statement, Posts Text Messages From Him

Taeler Hendrix

Remember Taeler Hendrix?

The stunning buxom bombshell burst onto the mainstream wrestling scene back in 2012 with Impact Wrestling by earning a contract through the Gut Check Challenge. She lasted in the promotion a little over a year and got released five years ago this week after wrestling only a handful of matches. In her final outing, she took on then-Knockouts Champion Mickie James.

Following her departure from Impact, she continued working the independent wrestling circuit and wound up in Ring of Honor in late 2015. In addition to wrestling for the organization’s Women of Honor division, she appeared as a valet. Hendrix often accompanied ROH World Champion Jay Lethal to the ring since they were both apart of Truth Martini’s The House of Truth stable.

While ROH never presented Taeler as a top-tier attraction (she rarely wrestled on their weekly syndicated TV show for instance), it can be argued that she became the most popular star in the promotion — male or female. Of the top 25 most watched videos on ROH’s YouTube channel, she appears in five of them, which is more than any other wrestler. She beats out Mandy Leon and Kevin Steen (aka Kevin Owens), who both appear in four.

At over 14 million views, the most watched video on ROH’s YouTube channel features Taeler in a 4 Corner Survival match against Veda Scott, Kelly Klein and Kimber Lee (aka Abbey Laith).

The second most-watched singles match features Taeler against Leon in a No Disqualification match and it’s been watched over 1.9 million times.

With Taeler’s popularity, it was a bit shocking when she suddenly announced her departure from Ring of Honor on April 4, 2017.

Based on her tweet, you would think their split was amicable, but that’s not the case. On social media on Wednesday, Taeler came forward with accusations that Lethal sabotaged her career in Ring of Honor after she rejected his sexual advances.

The 29-year-old alleges that she was taken off television because she refused to sleep with Lethal, who is the current ROH World Champion after capturing the title for a second time last week.

Hendrix later claimed on both Twitter and Instagram that there’s an “ongoing investigation” regarding this matter with her legal counsel.

In response to her critics, Taeler says, “Let the hate roll in.”

Sean Radican of PWTorch.com reached out to ROH and Lethal for statements about Hendrix’s claims that she was pulled from ROH TV because she would not sleep with Lethal. ROH issued the following statement on Thursday:

“We were troubled to hear the allegations that surfaced last night on Twitter. We take these matters very seriously and will be investigating this situation thoroughly, reviewing all evidence related to the matter. Ring of Honor strives to provide an environment and workplace where male and female wrestlers are free from any misconduct or abuse. We will take appropriate action upon the conclusion of our findings.”

Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com provided a minor update on Ring of Honor’s investigation on the matter in a tweet on Friday night.

In Hendrix’s defense, she never once actually said anything about being “fired” or that she was under any kind of contract with Ring of Honor when the alleged incident took place. She only claimed that Lethal was responsible for taking her off television after she refused to sleep with him, which doesn’t actually contradict anything in Alvarez’ report.

Lethal responded to her allegations in a statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon, calling them “baseless” and “unfortunate.”

“Let me be clear, there is absolutely no validity to these baseless allegations,” Lethal wrote.

“Throughout my career I have sought to conduct myself with honor and integrity. I would never engage in any conduct that disrespects this business or the men and women in this industry.

“Every individual has a right to be heard and must be given every opportunity to speak truth to power. Anyone engaging in misconduct or abuse of any kind simply has no place in our business or society.

“I am confident that these unfortunate allegations will be proven to be completely unfounded at the conclusion of Ring of Honor’s investigation.”

Late Saturday night, Hendrix tweeted that she had taken her claims against Lethal to ROH management, but when they didn’t do anything about them, she quit in April 2017. She also included a screenshot that she claimed to be from Lethal asking her to talk to him.

After Lethal put out his statement, Hendrix tweeted again with a screenshot of an alleged text sent by Lethal saying that she was fighting for what’s right and she’s speaking out because “the business has been a certain way for so long.”

She also tweeted the screenshot to Alvarez after he reported on ROH’s investigation on the matter.

What’s odd about Taeler’s response is that she claims Lethal sent her those text messages “before she pulled [her] aside at a live event.” But yet, it clearly shows that Lethal sent her the first message last Thursday and the second one on Saturday, and he’s requesting to talk to her after she made her allegations.

After posting the second text message, Hendrix wrote, “the people that typically are the most politically correct are also typically the ones full of the most bullshit.”

Since leaving ROH, Hendrix has continued wrestling on the independent scene but taken on a limited schedule. A man she calls her husband, Cory Machado, owns a California-based promotion called National Pro Wrestling League (NPWL). However, he’s what those in wrestling would label a “money mark.”

Here is the Pro Wrestling Torch’s definition of the term:

“Money Mark (n): A promoter who invests his own money in a wrestling promotion in order to get close to wrestlers and feel as if he is part of the wrestling industry. Wrestlers often pretend to be friends with the Money Mark, but snicker behind his back about fleecing him.”

So when Taeler actually does wrestle these days, it’s usually for her husband’s promotion. However, he only holds shows every few months and since she doesn’t take on many indie bookings these days, her wrestling appearances are rare.

Taeler wrestled as recently as last Saturday, beating Impact Wrestling Knockout Katarina.

Taeler no longer wears revealing wrestling attire, instead choosing to wear gear where she’s a lot more covered. She hasn’t explained why this is the case, but she did a number of social media posts a few months ago saying that she doesn’t want to be treated as a sexual object.